Squabbling jays

Liina Heikkinen's Image

It was winter in Kouvola, Finland, and Liina set off with her father to their hide to take pictures of birds.

‘It was still completely dark,’ she says, but soon the early morning light revealed a group of around six jays close by. ‘There was a lot of squabbling.’ This was her favourite shot because of the angle of the birds and the way their feathers are spread apart. The low light also helped bring out their beautiful colours.

Behind the lens

Liina Heikkinen

Liina Heikkinen


Liina comes from a family of wildlife photographers, and went on her first nature photography trip at the age of eight. Her favourite subjects are birds – she photographs golden eagles and goshawks in the winter months, and whooper swans returning from migration in the spring.

Image details

  • Nikon D700
  • 200-400mm f4 lens
  • 1/4000 sec at f4  •   ISO 1000  •   Manfrotto tripod
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